Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been a while since we have seen anything from Lian Li since they took on a new sampling policy that is a little less free with the amount of samples that go out to media. We did receive this chassis a couple of months ago, but the demand on us is high at all times, and we are sometime two to three months deep in samples; for the delay in getting this reviewed, we apologize.
However, seeing a couple of their larger cases last year has left an impression that Lian Li is sticking with exteriors that have worked for them for years. However, they seem to have finally gotten a grip on what it takes to allow for wire management to be done correctly. That had been a major sticking point to most of our early builds with Lian Li, but it seems the gripes we once had are now a thing of the past.
We were shipped one of their latest full-tower chassis designs to have a look at, and in it are some really cool features. There is that new wire trail design they had worked with in the past, but even that idea has been improved upon since last we saw it. This chassis also offers wheels in the back, so you can slide this chassis around rather than having to lift the chassis to move it. This is also the first time, I believe, we are looking at a Lian Li chassis that is 5.25-inch bay covers from top to bottom, and if not, it's the first to have them all clip in rather than being screwed into the chassis. There is a lot more to see, but we need to save some of the meat for the rest of this review.
The chassis we are speaking of is the PC-A79 full-tower case that we are about to see today. This chassis incorporates what we have already addressed as well as taking on more than the basic ATX motherboard. We will find room for water cooling, modularity in the design, as well as all of the sleek brushed aluminum, inside and out, that makes Lian Li cases so sought after in the first place. As we said, Lian Li has been making vast improvements to sort of catch back up to the market; it's time now to see what time has done for this PC-A79, as we get down and dirty building and testing our system in it.
The long narrow chart provided by Lian Li covers all aspects of what the PC-A79 has to offer. First, we see it is a full-tower design that stands 618mm tall, 230mm wide, and 596mm deep. There are two color choices as well, one being made of all natural brushed aluminum under the Silver naming and the one that we will be testing has an exterior that has been anodized black. Of course, just like with any Lian Li chassis, this one is also made of aluminum for the frame, supports, and drive bays, but also the exterior is completely aluminum keeping up with that high-end elegance that has been associated with the Lian Li name for years.
Inside of this chassis, we find the front offers twelve 5.25-inch bays, but nine of them are taken up with 3 three-bay cages that will allow for nine 3.5-inch drives or eight 2.5-inch drives to go into the front of the chassis. In front of these, drive bay racks also each have a 120mm fan for a total of three inducing air into this chassis. The motherboard tray will house anything from Micro-ATX on up to, and including, HPTX motherboards just like the DS6 we just looked at. This case weighs in at just over twenty-one pounds empty.
Around the rest of the chassis, Lian Li has stocked the chassis with three more fans other than what was in the front. There are two 120mm fans in the left side and one 120mm placed in the rear as exhaust. There are also options in the roof of this chassis to install either a pair of 120mm fans or 140mm fans, but nothing there are no fan mounts on the floor as there are drive options placed there.
With something made completely from aluminum, as well as offering a very full feature set, we also expect the pricing to be higher than if this were made of steel. Considering the price of the DS6 was over $200, and despite the PC-A79 not being sound proofed, we still expect this chassis to cost considerably more, and it does.
No matter where we were able to find this chassis, we found that you will need to spend in excess of $300 to obtain this chassis. That definitely places this well out of the reach of most, but then again, that is what makes Lian Li cases so prestigious in the first place. Even so, with such a high price set for this case, we will be going over it with a fine tooth comb to ensure you are getting what you pay for.
PRICING: You can find the Lian Li PC-A79B for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Lian Li PC-A79B retails for $407.85 at Amazon.